The Federal Goverment, through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN) has resumed the trial of suspected Boko Haram insurgents detained in various locations of the country.
A press statement by the Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah, said the second phase of the trial at the Kainji detention facility in Niger State would begin on today.
The statement said “Resumption of trial arose from the conclusion of investigation of over 1,000 suspects as ordered by the court during its proceedings of October 2017 by the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”
He explained that suspects with prima facie cases would be prosecuted, while others without it would have applications made for their discharge.
According to him, “those discharged will undergo a process of de-radicalisation.”
Isah said the de-radicalisation exercise would be conducted by the Office of the National Security Adviser the concerned suspects would be released to their various families.
He added, “Recall, this exercise which is a concerted effort of the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Office of the National Security Adviser kicked off in Kainji, Niger State on Monday, October 9, 2017.
“Four judges were allocated to four dedicated courts to handle the trial located in a military facility in Kainji while defence counsel were provided for those suspects without capacity to hire private legal practitioners to defend them.